Barry Good

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(Apologies in advance for shameless, sappy nepotism.) My uncle, Barry Fountain, is one of the people I most enjoy being around. He is extremely funny, talented, and humble -- so humble that it wasn't until my cousin Jenny Rose sent me this article that I realized he was retiring from teaching at Maple Valley's Tahoma High, for real this time. Even if I weren't related to him, it's the sort of tribute to an unsung hero that would make me well up, and includes one of the most gorgeous, spot-on quotes from an educator I've ever read: "Kids don't care what you teach them until you teach them that you care." They couldn't script that any better. Edward James Olmos, eat your heart out.

 
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